I hope somehow he ends up going to jail. It is certainly what he deserves. He deserves to go to jail 1000x more than Marion Jones who actually served some prison time.
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett
Armstrong said at one point during the interview that other athletes who took drugs get only a 6 months ban before they were allowed to compete again, but he got a "death sentence". When you consider how long he lied, throughout his 7 Tour de France championships, and how many people he ruined along the way by bullying them and suing them, his transgressions are much more serious than those of the other athletes who got caught doping.
Plus, as Anderson said, he did not get a "death sentence". He cannot compete, that's all.
Armstrong is the epitome (sp?) of arrogance.
He is going to live a luxurious life- not just a comfortable one-, even if he pays everyone that sued him.
Frankie Andreu answered some questions for VeloNews - a really classy interview.
death penalty" SMU got in college football back in the 1980s. Being a Texan, he's probably well familiar with that scandal.
FWIW, there are people who doped and covered it up for as long as Armstrong did and indeed received lesser punishments. The difference being their willingness to cooperate with investigators eventually. And I think Floyd Landis soliciting donations to fund his defense against his doping ban was as bad as some of what Armstrong did.
You would think a cancer survivor would have a little more perspective about death sentences (even in the sports sense).
Hello WADA, hello USADA,
Here I am doing nada
Life isn’t entertaining
and they say shut up and stop complaining.
You remember David Millar
He crashed into a pillar
You remember all the winners
They all got poisoning last night after dinner.
All the lawyers hate the bikers
And they say we all are pikers
And the lab tech says something’s missin’
He’s been handing me a cup to piss in.
Now I don't want this should scare ya
Come on and test me, come on, I dare ya.
You remember Floyd Landis
You should see where his hand is.
Take me home, oh WADA USADA, take me home, I hate doin’ nada
Don't leave me out in the cold where life is rotten.
Take me home, I promise I will not make noise or shoot up Clear with
other boys, oh please don't make me stay, I've been here one whole day.
Dearest USADA, darling WADA,
Please call me on my home numbah
Let me come home if ya miss me
I will even let Betsy Andreu hug and kiss me.
Wait a minute, I admit I’ve been doping,
Turns out I’m the dope that I’ve been roping,
Without me, cycling’s been getting better,
WADA USADA kindly disregard this letter.
Lance is a narcassist and a bully.. I have been involved a little in the cycling world and was ironically involved in the world cycling championships here in canada with the anti doping.. and it was then I had my eyes opened to the realities of elite cycling.. they ALL do it!! The winner of one of the races - may have been the time trial - British guy Miller - failed his doping.. the Canadian girl - failed her doping.. then I observed first hand juniors informing us about blood transfusions etc., It reminds me of the sprinters - the Ben Johnson era - where they were ALL doing it.. Maybe some good will come from this and for once the mess gets cleaned up.. the coaches who allow and encourage this should be banned for life.. and bullies like Armstrong should never again be allowed to compete in an Olympic sport.. IMHO..
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
"Love is better than Anger, Hope is better than fear" Jack Layton 1950-2011
Finally got to watch the interview. I think Oprah did an excellent job of it.
I am with those who think the worst thing Armstrong did was to sue the people who had accused him of doping. This whole thing about defending to the hilt was just unacceptable behaviour. It was interesting he didn't make any comment about David Walsh, the journalist who had been saying for so many years that Armstrong was a drug cheat.
For him to say that he has received a "death penalty" with regards to not being able to compete again is just a load of BS.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
Yeah his behavior in the interview pretty much coincided with his characterization in the report that came out last summer. He bullied his teammates in to doping, he bullied other riders if they dared to speak up about the corrupted cycling culture, and he became outlandishly offended if anyone dared suggest he was doping too. As others have said, it's not so much that he doped. He was and still is a giant asshole.
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Who wants to watch rich people eat pizza? They must have loved that in Bangladesh. - Randy Newman on the 2014 Oscars broadcast
"I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence
As for Armstrong, never been a fan and always believed he was doping. He's also an ass, what a jerk. It's like he still doesn't get it.